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Professionals Handle Materials the way they would Handle Themselves - Professionally

Professionals Handle Materials the way they would Handle Themselves - Professionally

INTERNATIONAL: An issue we have not been able to run away from recently, is the handling of confidential or classified information. From who did what with a piece of technology to what was released from where in reference to what. - What? Right!

The "Nature of the Beast" Everyone likes to beat the other guy to a story. But at what cost?

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Explore Buffalo Lists Exciting April Tours

Explore Buffalo Lists Exciting April Tours

As the weather warms up, so does tour season in Western New York! Following is a listing of Explore Buffalo tours scheduled during the month of April.

AMERICAN MASTERS
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 10 a.m.
Meet: Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, corner of Washington and Mohawk streets. Two-hour metered parking is available on surrounding streets, and the Mohawk Parking Ramp is on the opposite corner. The Lafayette Square Station of the Metro Rail is around the corner on Main Street.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Holders FREE 

Capital Gains and Losses – 10 Helpful Facts to Know

When a person sells a capital asset, the sale normally results in a capital gain or loss. A capital asset includes inherited property or property someone owns for personal use or as an investment.

Here are 10 facts that taxpayers should know about capital gains and losses:

Annual Indoor Yard Sale to Benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc.

Annual Indoor Yard Sale to Benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc.

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, will host an indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Variety Club Banquet Hall, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster. For every $5 spent at the yard sale, shoppers will receive a chance to win one of many wonderful prizes.

A donation drop-off will take place at the yard sale location from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 5. Items should be new or gently used; please, no electronics, broken, dirty or rusty items.

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FinCEN Penalizes California Bank for Egregious Violations of Anti-Money Laundering Laws

FinCEN Penalizes California Bank for Egregious Violations of Anti-Money Laundering Laws

WASHINGTON—The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today announced the assessment of a $7 million civil money penalty (CMP) against Merchants Bank of California of Carson, CA for willful violations of several provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the primary federal regulator of Merchants, has identified deficiencies in the Bank’s practices that resulted in violations of previous consent orders entered into by Merchants, as well as other violations. The OCC simultaneously assessed a $1 million CMP against Merchants for these violations.

Benefit to Help 5-year-old ‘Wolfman’ Fight Leukemia

Benefit to Help 5-year-old ‘Wolfman’ Fight Leukemia

A “Wheelbarrow of Booze,” a flat-screen television, and a lottery tree holding about $100 in scratch-off tickets are just some of the prizes that will be up for grabs as the family and friends of Edward “Wolfman” Carias help the 5-year-old take a bite out of leukemia.

Edward was nicknamed “Wolfman” by his uncle, Joe Kowalewski, from the first time he saw him because Edward had tufts of hair on his ears, and the name stuck. Now “Wolfman” is fighting for his life. On December 8, 2016, Edward was diagnosed with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. After spending 23 days at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, Edward now faces two to three years of traveling between his home in Eden to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo to undergo chemotherapy.

Itemize or Choose the Standard Deduction

Most taxpayers claim the standard deduction when they file their federal tax return. However, some filers may be able to lower their tax bill by itemizing. Find out which way saves the most money by figuring taxes both ways.

The IRS offers the following six tips to help taxpayers decide:

1. Use IRS Free File. Most taxpayers qualify to use free, brand-name software to prepare and file their federal tax returns electronically. IRS Free File is the easiest way to file. Free File software helps taxpayers determine if they should itemize. It files the right tax forms based on the answers the taxpayer provides. Free File software does the math and allows the user to e-file the tax return – for free.

Taxpayers can check on other e-file options if they can’t use Free File.

2. Figure Your Itemized Deductions.  Taxpayers need to add up deductible expenses they paid during the year. These may include expenses such as: